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Tudorp
10-02-2011, 04:57 AM
One of my latest Aphids done for a young player with a MOP monogram. Came out pretty cool I think. Hope he likes it.

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One other special thing about this one, and 2 others is the bridge. I am one that loves "history" of some of the weirdest things. But, on a couple of these 1st run minis, I made the bridge out of re-claimed wood with a history. They are re-claimed rosewood that is very old growth in Africa and spent it's 1st 100+ years of service to mankind as railroad ties on a very old railroad. This wood was re-claimed, and used in flooring for a mansion, then recently pulled up and re-claimed a 2nd time. I was fortunate to get a little bit of this cool wood from a generous donor, and wanted to use it for something special. If only I had enough of this cool wood to built a whole full scale concert or soprano. But, at least this way, I can share a little bit of it's history around..

joeybug
10-02-2011, 05:07 AM
Looks beautiful! And nice history to go with it :D

ItsMrPitchy
10-02-2011, 05:11 AM
A uke with history two of the best things ever packed together. Awesome i love it.

fitncrafty
10-02-2011, 05:13 AM
I love the uke and the history! That's awesome!

ckellogg
10-02-2011, 02:16 PM
Really nice! I can't wait for my own ladybug, Lydia (but will have to wait until my birthday week - happy day to me!)

Uke Republic
10-02-2011, 03:39 PM
Coooool! Micro ukes are awesome!

Ashockey16
10-02-2011, 04:09 PM
I just hope the post office makes it quick. The suspense is killing me :p

modern day ukuleleist
10-03-2011, 08:38 AM
Am I understanding this correctly... You build these ukuleles yourself?

If so, please tell me if you take requests and how much you charge.

Tudorp
10-03-2011, 09:09 AM
Yes I do build them from raw materials myself. They tend to sell faster than I can make them however. I am not a "mass production" type of builder, or even a pro. I am simply a hobby builder, and build them myself in my shop one or two at a time. I get $100ea for them, and that includes USP priority mail to the USA. So far have two models (Aphid (traditional body)& Ladybug (pineapple body)They are build just like a full scale uke is, but these are only 10" total in lenth, with a 6-1/2" playable scale. Mohogany body and neck, but soon to start building them also with a maple body and neck. rosewood fretboard and bridge, bone nut and saddle. I have made one with ebony fretboard and bridge, and will make those per requests but those will be a bit more due to the cost and problems of working with ebony. My very 1st one was built with an ebony fretboard and bridge (that I still have). I have been compiling a list of people that want in on the next batch I build which will be built between now and early spring (depending on winter weather due to none heated shop). I have 5 or 6 I plan to build within the next few months, and those already have names on them. I may be able to sneak another name or two in on the list.

There is one review in the review area from one of the latest buyers if you want to peek in on that.

modern day ukuleleist
10-03-2011, 10:40 AM
Wow.

I can't believe you are only charging $100 considering there is a very limited market of Sopranino/Sopranissimo ukuleles.

I might ask to be added to that list if it isn't very long by January/February.

Tudorp
10-03-2011, 10:47 AM
Well, to be honest, I'm not making anything on them at that, but the Tangi mini sells for about $80 postage paid. If I didn't enjoy making them, i wouldn't even start one for $100, but, why would somebody buy one of these from a no name hobbiest for much more than that, when they can buy a mini from Tangi a known builder? So, I wanted them to be spread around, and I figured at $100 per, folks would take a chance on an old fat guy that has nothing better to do, lol..

But that said, I took mine, and Tangis and did a side by side comparison. i was very anylitical, and un-biased in comparing the two. And I felt my Aphid beat out the Tangi Mini hands down in every aspect. I think Tangi's are decent ukes, but their minis, I don't think they build them to a regular standard. they seemed to be jsut slammed together by an assembly line with no QA at all to speak of. That is what inspired me to make one for myself because I thought "Jeesh, I can build one a hell of a lot better than this.." and build me one.. Then, two.. three.. and so on and so on.. lol.. They are fun..

Braden
10-20-2011, 01:35 AM
Hi Tudorp!

That mini looks fantastic. Do you have pics of it from different angles?

Michael Smith
10-20-2011, 05:07 AM
Either you have a hand of a giant or that is one little uke. Really great work Big Guy!!

UncleElvis
10-20-2011, 05:28 AM
Where do I sign up?

I want one!

Vic D
10-21-2011, 08:38 AM
Too cool. I'm gonna have to have one of those in the future.

mm stan
10-21-2011, 09:20 AM
Awesome and cool Tony...the uke and you.....

Vic D
10-21-2011, 12:49 PM
I just had to look at it again... so cool. You know, Pete said a couple of times that the soprano is the most difficult uke to build because of its size and I believe it must be true, or I thought so until now. There's absolutely no wiggle room when it comes to measuring, marking, cutting on a soprano. That being said, that mini of yours in the photo looks awesome tight, from the dots and inlay to the string placement and bridge... everything about it. Great job, Tony.
One question though.. can you fit it with an under-saddle pickup and EQ? LOL.. just kidding. Actually, I'm sure it can be done probably maybe.

UncleElvis
10-21-2011, 02:34 PM
I just had to look at it again... so cool. You know, Pete said a couple of times that the soprano is the most difficult uke to build because of its size and I believe it must be true, or I thought so until now. There's absolutely no wiggle room when it comes to measuring, marking, cutting on a soprano. That being said, that mini of yours in the photo looks awesome tight, from the dots and inlay to the string placement and bridge... everything about it. Great job, Tony.
One question though.. can you fit it with an under-saddle pickup and EQ? LOL.. just kidding. Actually, I'm sure it can be done probably maybe.

I put a MiSi into my Ohana Sopranino (and strung it Low G) and it actually works really well! Sounds great and is HILARIOUS running through the "90's Metal" effect on my Vox Mini3!

I'm thinking the teensy one here? It'd be a necessity!

Vic D
10-21-2011, 03:55 PM
I put a MiSi into my Ohana Sopranino (and strung it Low G) and it actually works really well! Sounds great and is HILARIOUS running through the "90's Metal" effect on my Vox Mini3!

I'm thinking the teensy one here? It'd be a necessity!

Right on Uncle Elvis.. I think they can be cut down. It would be so hot on stage through some high end effects.. and I'm a lover of Vox.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-21-2011, 04:15 PM
Right on Uncle Elvis.. I think they can be cut down. It would be so hot on stage through some high end effects.. and I'm a lover of Vox.

The Baggs UST element of the MiSi can not be cut down!

UncleElvis
10-21-2011, 04:24 PM
Seņor Moore advised me very kindly when I was doing the install, regarding the element, thank heavens.
Instead, I rolled it up and ziptied it and it worked very well, once I fiddled with it and got it settled.

I don't know what the ramifications of this would be, but an idea I had while trying to get it to not bang around inside was to put some bluetack or something inside and jam the excess roll into it to hold it. The extra length in the roll, 'cuz it's so much smaller, makes it a little heavier and more likely to knock around when you move the instrument. I got mine to settle, but some thought should be given to this if you're thinking about installing a MiSi into something small...

Vic D
10-21-2011, 04:29 PM
The Baggs UST element of the MiSi can not be cut down!
Well that's good to know. But I believe I read about one that could be cut down.

Vic D
10-21-2011, 04:31 PM
Seņor Moore advised me very kindly when I was doing the install, regarding the element, thank heavens.
Instead, I rolled it up and ziptied it and it worked very well, once I fiddled with it and got it settled.

I don't know what the ramifications of this would be, but an idea I had while trying to get it to not bang around inside was to put some bluetack or something inside and jam the excess roll into it to hold it. The extra length in the roll, 'cuz it's so much smaller, makes it a little heavier and more likely to knock around when you move the instrument. I got mine to settle, but some thought should be given to this if you're thinking about installing a MiSi into something small...

I don't want no glob of blue jam inside my uke lol.. there must be a better way.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-21-2011, 04:42 PM
Well that's good to know. But I believe I read about one that could be cut down.

Oh, I believe YOU, I just don't believe what you read. If you are talking about the UST itself, no it can not be shortened. If you are talking about the shielded lead wire it is unadvisable to shorten it. I'm pretty OK with electronics and have tried to shorten the leads and resolder them on to the preamp and have failed twice, going against MiSi's warning not to do so. Now, I've been told you can order them shorter from MiSi, but that's something I read on the Internet and have no direct experience with. Coiling up and securing the excess wire is no big deal and works just fine.